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Early Season Bin Accidents Prompt Safety Concerns

Experts concerned 2020 could see increased number of grain bin entrapments

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The repercussions of a wet harvest last year are now showing up inside grain bins, reports The Farmer.

Simply put, grain was either put in too wet or not dried down enough and it is going out of condition, causing clumping, bridging and sticking to bin walls, and clogging unloading equipment.

Reports have trickled in since the start of the new year. By early February, there were reports of three confirmed grain bin deaths in Indiana. In Minnesota, one grain bin death occurred in late January.

Nationwide since August, at least 15 people were killed in grain bin accidents, compared with 27 who died in all of 2018, according to a Purdue University database.

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